Food lovers descended on Fontwell Park over the weekend to sample what the brand-new Taste of The World festival had to offer their taste buds.
The aroma of cuisine from all over the world attracted crowds, with enough variety to temp even the most hard-to-please pallet.
The event gave visitors a chance to explore the cuisine from more than 70 stalls, ranging from local Sussex providers to national and international fayre.
Among the exhibitors were St Wilfrid’s Hospice, who were marking their 25-year anniversary in their own marquee and Mrs Miggins tea shop.
“The raffling of the horse cake, organised by the Observer, is getting a lot of interest as its very unusual,” said Julie Longman, community and events officer for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
“It’s obviously a great fundraiser for us, which is going to help towards our patient care. It’s a brilliant weekend and thanks to the Observer for letting us come along.”
A whole host of fun competitions were run by the hospice to raise funds, from best-decorated cupcake, to the funniest-shaped vegetable.
For many local businesses, it was the first time they had taken part in a food festival.
Among the businesses new to food fairs was Turner’s Pies, which opened in 1985 and is based in Bognor Regis.
“We’re very excited about the festival. We didn’t really know what to expect but it’s been good for advertising; the staff have been helpful and we have been very well received,” said Mr Phillip Turner of Turner’s Pies.
“We’ve had a nice reception from the racecourse itself – a lot of people know us from our ingredients being sourced locally – and it has been terrific for us.
“We’re looking forward to doing this every year from now on,” added Mr Turner.
Visitors also had the chance to enjoy live demonstrations by Michelin award winner and top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, guest of honour at the festival.
The top celebrity chef showcased his cookery expertise to an eagerly-anticipating crowd who filled the marquee, eager to sample Novelli’s culinary wizardy.
“Taste of the World is absolutely incredible.
“It was a pleasure to come to this area, with the quality of the stands and the way everything was organised.
“I was highly impressed by organisers Johnston Press South,” said Mr Novelli.
Blend together the culinary expertise of Jean-Christophe Novelli, crowds of visitors and the dedication of more than 70 food stands, the Taste of The World festival was a real recipe for success.